Meet the Experts – International Project Management Conference

27th March 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

reinhard-wagner10:00_Engaging Top Management in Projects – Governance, Decision Making and Support, Reinhard Wagner (DE), President of IPMA

The project management profession focused in the past mainly on project managers and what they need to do in order to be successful. However, research clearly shows that success of projects and programmes is dependent on many other factors, for example the way a project is being chartered, the empowerment of the project managers and the support a project manager gets throughout the project lifecycle. Thus, nowadays focus in project management is shifting towards the engagement of top management in the field of projects. It starts with their key role for the governance of projects, programmes and portfolios, continues decision making and leads into the support for all project-related activities. International standards provide guidance for top managers, e.g. the ISO 21505, the IPMA Organisational Competence Baseline (IPMA OCB®) or the EU-Guide Project Management Methodology (PM2). The presentation will shed some light on this specific area of interest.


1mladen-radujkovic1:15_Megaproject Success for Moving Society Forward, Mladen Radujkovic (HR), professor of Project Management and Construction Management at the FCE, University of Zagreb, Croatia

The presentation deals with mega projects, where project management is challenged to achieve business success in parallel with respect to natural environment and delivering benefits for the community. Mega projects are usually undertaken for major change which influence life of many people within the specific community. Usually they absorb enormous quantities of resources, so failure can seriously damage the future development of the community.  Due to the extremely complexity and long life cycle, such projects involve significant uncertainty and frequently are faced with many challenges. The success of mega projects is composed by many factors, and final assessment could be challenged over the time. The presentation focus all those aspects and provide insights in past practices gathered from several relevant research communities. The lessons learned are used for analyses and defining proposition for mega project management framework.


yvonne-schoperMacro-economic measurement of the German project economy, Yvonne Schoper (DE), Professor for International Project Management at HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin

The continuous growth of the project work is one of the main reasons for the increasing relevance of project management. However a single Key Performance Indicator to measure the degree of “projectification“ in societies does not exist so far.
It was the aim of this study to measure the share of the project work in the German economy in all relevant industrial sectors and for all project forms within 10 years.
The results show big industry-specific differences between the different branches, e.g. in the producing industry or in public administration.


michael-young-headshotWhat is the future of project management?; Michael young (USA), multiple award-winning entrepreneur, speaker and author

Project management has evolved over the last 60 years and is now a key discipline used across all industry sectors around the world. But where will project management be in 40 years? Changes in technology, trends in employment towards the ‘gig economy’, the impacts of climate change and the rising middle class in Asia will fundamentally change the world as we know it. This presentation explores the future and identifies how project management will need to adapt, evolve and change to continue to deliver value and be relevant.


joop-schefferlie_2The future of Project Management based on the Actual Trends, Joop Schefferlie (NL), Vice-President Certification of the International Project Management Association (IPMA)

The most important trend at this moment is the ‘Projectification of Societies’. The Projectification of Societies is defined as the degree of diffusion of project management in all sectors of the societies. The implication of the trend is that PM will become a basic competence for everybody. In Europe, time and money spent in projects is already more than 35%.  Complexity, Diversity and Human Factors are very important subjects and crucial for the development of projects in our society.


joel-carboni-photo Meeting the Needs of Portugal Through Sustainable Practices, Joel Carboni (USA), Founder of GPM Global and multiple award winning advocate for sustainable development, speaker, and author

The quest for sustainability is transforming the corporate landscape and is forcing businesses to change the way they think.

The key to progress in challenging socio-economic times is innovation. Just as upstarts such as Airbnb, Uber, and Purple are doing, sustainable practices that support the 17 SDGs are emerging to upset the status quo.

By treating sustainability integral to business success, adopters are developing competencies that rivals are hard-pressed to match.

In this presentation, Dr. Carboni will focus on the socio-economic and environmental challenges and opportunities for projects as an integral contributor to long-term growth for the Portuguese economy.


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